This Friday we celebrate Veterans Day to honor America’s heroes and pay respect to their patriotism and sacrifice. Veteran’s Day was initially Armistice Day, referring to the Armistice with Germany that formally concluded World War I. The armistice took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, and henceforth was celebrated on that day. In 1954 the United States renamed Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day, the term used today. But what does it truly mean to BE a veteran?
A “Veteran” “whether active duty, discharged, or reserve” is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount “up to, and including their life.”
TechArk is a proud supporter of the United States military and we are fortunate to have three veterans; Michael Joyner, our UI/UX Specialist, served in the Navy. Darnley Archer, our Project Manager, and Ken Taylor, our Sr. Software Architect, both served in the Army. Darnley served in the Army until 1991, while Ken Taylor joined that year, and served until 1998. Michael joined the Navy in 2003 and stayed active duty until 2013, then spent the next two years in the reserves before separating from service. All three men have served our country, willing to sacrifice for the common good and out of love for their country.
Our Veterans mean a great deal to TechArk, recently the team worked together with an organization called Mission United to give them a website for their cause. Mission United connects active duty, and retired military families and individuals with resources and help through coordinated networks designed for them. As TechArk and Mission United are both based out of Norfolk, the largest Navy base in the world, we knew aiding Mission United on their quest was pivotal to our community.
The TechArk team is grateful for our veterans and active-duty military for their service and we are excited to commemorate and remember their patriotism not just on Veterans Day, but year-round. We wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service!